Concrete island

Жанр: Иностранная литература

A 35-year-old architect is driving home from his London office when his car swerves and crashes onto a traffic island lying below three converging motorways. Uninjured, he climbs the embankment to seek help, but no one will stop for him and he is trapped on the island, where he remains. "Visionary of both style and substance… the literary equivalent of Salvador Dalí or Max Ernst."-The Washington Post Book World "Ballard's novels are complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficiency, of ethropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin… The blasted landscapes that his characters inhabit are both external settings and states of mind."-Luc Sante


Crash

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This powerful and often terrifying novel, the fruit of J. G. Ballard's obsession with the motor-car, will shock and disturb many readers. Few products of modern technology excite as much fascination and interest as the automobile, but each year hundreds of thousands of people die in car crashes throughout the world, millions are injured. Yet attempts to regulate the motor-car and reduce this slaughter constantly meet with strong and almost unthinking resistance. Ballard believes that the key to this paradox is to be found in the car crash itself, which contains an image of all our fantasies of speed, power, violence and sexuality. 'Three years ago, I held an exhibition of crashed cars at the New Arts Laboratory in London,' he says. 'People were fascinated by the cars but I was surprised that these damaged vehicles were continually attacked and abused during the month they were on show – watching this, I decided to write Crash.' The novel opens with the narrator recovering in hospital…


High Rise

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J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel "High Rise" contains all of the qualities we have come to expect from this author: alarming psychological insights, a study of the profoundly disturbing connections between technology and the human condition, and an intriguing plot masterfully executed. Ballard, who wrote the tremendously troubling "Crash," really knows how to dig deep into our troubling times in order to expose our tentative grasp of modernity. Some compare this book to William Golding's "Lord of the Flies," and there are definite characteristics the two novels share. I would argue, however, that "High Rise" is more eloquent and more relevant than Golding's book. Unfortunately, this Ballard novel is out of print. Try and locate a copy at your local library because the payoff is well worth the effort. "High Rise" centers around four major characters: Dr. Robert Laing, an instructor at a local medical school, Richard Wilder, a television documentary producer, Anthony Royal, an architect, and the…


Kroki w nieznane. Tom 3

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Trzeci tom „Kroków w nieznane” zawiera, podobnie jak poprzednie, opowiadania autorów polskich oraz radzieckich, brytyjskich i amerykańskich. Po raz pierwszy natomiast prezentujemy autorów japońskich. Bujny rozwój fantastyki naukowej w kraju tak bardzo wychylonym w przyszłość jak Japonia jest zjawiskiem naturalnym. Obok Kobo Abe, autora powieści „Kobieta z wydm”, ścisłą czołówkę japońskich fantastów stanowią trzej występujący w naszym almanachu autorzy: Sakyo Komatsu, Shin’ichi Hoshi i Morio Kita. Większość zebranych tu opowiadań prezentuje różne spojrzenia na przyszłość. Obok beztroskiego humoru jest tu zjadliwa satyra, obok głosów ostrzegających, pełnych troski i niepokoju o dalsze losy ludzkości, jest utopijna wizja człowieka — dobrego gospodarza świata i starszego brata zwierząt. Na ogól opowiadania przyszłościowe ukazują ludzi w nowych, odmiennych warunkach. Są jednak i takie, które poruszają sprawą dalszego rozwoju samego człowieka.…


Kroki w nieznane. Tom 6

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Kolejny tom „Kroków w nieznane” otwierają klasyczne już opowiadania Clarke’a i Keyesa. Oba weszły do monumentalnego wydawnictwa „Science Fiction Hall of Fame” — antologii najlepszych opowiadań w historii fantastyki naukowej, wytypowanych przez amerykańskich autorów. Arthur C. Clarke, człowiek o ogromnej skali zainteresowań i rozległej wiedzy, jeden z pionierów astronautyki, występuje również po raz drugi — jako futurolog. „Ryzyko prorokowania” to rozdział 2 jego głośnej (i zasługującej na wydanie w całości) książki „Profile przyszłości”. Clarke przeprowadził tu interesujący eksperyment myślowy: przed przystąpieniem do rozważań o przyszłości postarał się wniknąć w przyczyny błędów popełnionych przez niektórych proroków w przeszłości. Odmienny styl fantastyki reprezentuje Brytyjczyk, urodzony w 1936 roku J. C. Bollard, jeden z ojców „nowej fali”. Jego poetyckie, mroczne obrazy wyrażające nastroje zagrożenia i przeczucie…


Running Wild

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"Where to start? So much has been written about the Pangbourne massacre, as it is now known in the popular press throughout the world, that I find it difficult to see this tragic event with a clear eye." Shortly after eight on the morning of June 25, 1988, the thirty-two adult members of an exclusive residential community in West London are brutally murdered, and their children abducted without so much as a trace. Through the forensic diary of Dr. Richard Greville, Deputy Psychiatric Advisor to the London Metropolitan Police, the brutal details of the massacre that has baffled the entire police department unfold. "There seems scarcely room for even a single fresh hypothesis," writes Greville, but he has a few ideas of his own, and pursues them with determination despite repeated discouragement from his superiors. In this powerful and compelling novel of suspense, J. G. Ballard, acclaimed author of _Empire of the Sun_ and _The Day of Creation_, has spun a tale, at once thrilling and disturbing,…


The Drought

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'The world, without rain, is drying up. Rivers are a trickle and we see the shrivelling of the species far from its sources and headed lemming-like for the sea. Time has burst its dams and seeps inside the race-structure with bizarre results A strange and rather wonderful book full of haunting landscapes, phantasmagoria and disaster that clangs on the mind. An impressive novel at any level. Its obscurities and surrealist flourishes only heighten the dreamlike atmosphere.' Guardian This is the third of Ballard’s informal quartet of books that nod in cursory fashion toward the elements. Like the others, it might be described as a science-fiction novel of the sub-genre ‘disaster’. But like every other Ballard novel it is so much more. When toxic waste dumped into the oceans is cooked into a molecular layer that prevents evaporation, drought inevitably follows. Not the parched summer of an English countryside, but the blistering furnace of a tropical desert. Society collapses, draining…


The Drowned World

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J.G. Ballard is best-known, perhaps, for his autobiographical non-genre novel Empire of the Sun. While he has written other non-genre works, the bulk of his writing is science fictional-more or less. Ballard is a writer who defies easy categorization: even his most speculative books can't be fitted neatly with a genre label, and his non-genre works all contain fantastical and speculative elements. The Drowned World (brought back into print by Millenium's SF Masterworks line) was Ballard's first major published novel. For Ballard enthusiasts, it's a fascinating read, for it prefigures many of the themes that pervade his subsequent books: planetary/ecological disaster, entropy, the devolution of human nature, a preoccupation with the roots of violence. For those who aren't familiar with Ballard, it's a good introduction-more accessible and less transgressive than some of his later work, yet full of the arresting surrealism and hallucinatory brilliance of language that are hallmarks of his…